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Local Heroes Needed

Office Moms & Dads Comfort Children as they Transition into Foster Care

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There are more than 10,000 children in foster care in Washington State.* The goal of the foster care system is to reunify a child with his or her family, but there are many steps in this process. Innovative’s Supervised Visitation Program helps reunify families involved with the foster care system by providing a safe, neutral environment for them to visit. But long before they attempt to reunify, children must endure the stress of being placed into a foster home.

Being removed from the family home can be one of the most traumatic events in a child’s life. Office Moms and Dads is a nonprofit based here in Vancouver that assists children during what can be some of the most frightening times in their lives. When a child is taken into protective custody, they often must wait between three and five hours for a social worker to locate a foster home for them. That’s where Office Moms and Dads comes in. The volunteers occupy the children during this uncertain time, caring for their needs so that the social worker can focus on finding a foster parent for the child.

If you are interested, have some availability during weekdays, and can commit to serving one hour per month, click here to learn more!


 

*Source: Washington Foster Care and Adoption Guidelines. Retrieved from www.adoptuskids.org/adoption-and-foster-care/how-to-adopt-and-foster/state-information/washington


 

Supervised Visitation is a program which provides a safe, neutral environment for visits between a non-custodial parent and his/her child(ren) under the supervision of an objective, trained Community Support Specialist (CSS). The CSS stays with the child(ren) the entire time and provides written documentation of the visit while protecting the child(ren) from any form of harm, threat or manipulation. Learn More.

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